Sri Lanka: 200 killed after churches, hotels hit by explosions on Easter Sunday

Sri Lanka: 200 killed after churches, hotels hit by explosions on Easter Sunday

Nearly 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured after three churches and some hotels In Sri Lanka were hit by explosions on Sunday, April 21, during Easter celebrations. can report that the churches affected were St Anthony in Colombo's Kochcikade, St Sebastian's church in Negombo, and another in Batticaloa, located some 250km east of Sri Lanka.

The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and a fourth hotel, all in Colombo, were also hit.

The country's police spokesperson, Ruwan Gunasekera, said the victims were being evacuated even as the security forces commenced investigations to find who is behind the attacks.

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The devastating bomb blasts were confirmed by Colombo's police and Colombo National hospital officials who said at least 200 people were wounded and more than 50 others killed.

The officials noted the attacks were well coordinated and there is fear there could be more attacks.

No militant group has taken responsibility for the Sri Lanka assaults which are believed were targeting churchgoers during the busy Easter Sunday.

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The country's president Maithripala Sirisena, however, assured the citizens to stay calm as investigations commenced.

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